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Shooting an un-lubed cast bullet

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by birdshooter, Jun 18, 2012.

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  1. birdshooter

    birdshooter Member

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    While reloading 158gr LSWC for my .38 Special today I found in the box an un-lubed bullet. If I hadn't noticed it and loaded it up, what would the consequences possible have been? Load is 3.9gr Unique.

    I'm not going to load this one bullet, just curious.
     
  2. JohnM

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    Probably nothing. If it's a good fit it's not likely you'll see any difference.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    But you will get bore leading like crazy I betcha!!

    Oh? Never mind!
    Just one bullet in a box of lubed bullets?
    Probably nothing.

    Very likely it missed the size & lube machine at the bullet casters.

    It will be slightly oversize, and could possible bulge a case enough to prevent chambering.

    rc
     
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    Not likely to even bulge a case. When I used to buy commercially cast bullets I'd find a few with no lube in every box.
    Used to cull them and then started checking, non were ever over sized; so I just shot 'em.

    Yeah, if you shot a boxful of totally dry cast you'd be scraping out lead for a while.
     
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    Self lube it and shoot

    Put a dab of paste wax on it and load it.
    Some Car wax works fine.
     
  6. J2FLAN

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    You can get a small bottle of bullet lube from MIDWAY or any reloading supply place to keep on hand, for a bullet that has lost its lube. Might not need it, and lots of other stuff will work, but it gives piece of mind.
     
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    Yrs ago I did a little experiment ,I loaded 50 lubed & 50 unlubed boolit . Then shot em alternating everyother shot lubed/unlubed .
    Yeah they leaded a little bit but way less than I expected !!

    1 or2 out of a box I`d never think twice of it !!
     
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    Crisco is your friend...
     
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    Good lube, alox/bees wax 50/50 will condition the barrel. If its bullet number 50 when fired, it will not make a difference. RC makes a good point, bullet may have missed the sizing also.
     
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    One in a box, will most likely have no effect.

    Now if you were to regularly shoot unlubed bullets, you'd most likely see LOTSA leading.
     
  11. birdshooter

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    Thanks everyone. It measured the correct size so I will load it up and shoot it.
     
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